New year, new beginnings?
Maybe with some aspects in life, but for Highlands rent and sell, it's business as usual.
McGrath Bowral principal, Anne Stone said the rental market in the Highlands is similar to where it was at last year when the pandemic hit.
"The market is exactly the same as it was when we were at the peak of COVID," Ms Stone said.
"If not, it's possibly stronger. There is a surge in house hunting at the moment which does happen at this time of year, but it's very strong.
"We're also seeing people offer more money for properties.
"If they think they're going to miss out on a house, they'll use initiative. They want it, they pay more. Same scenario as buying a house."
There was an influx of Sydney residents looking for a change and moving to the Southern Highlands last year.
With the new year ringing in, Sydneysiders are still looking for new beginnings in the Wingecarribee Shire area.
"The trend is still happening," Ms Stone said.
"We still see a lot of Sydney based people making the jump to the Highlands."
The average price of a traditional type home with three to four bedrooms and a double garage was around 'a little higher $500' last year.
It has now gone up in price.
"The price is more around $600 at the moment," Ms Stone said.
"Also at the moment, the demand is greater than availability in the Highlands and this is also pushing up sale and rental prices."
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